12.24.2009

Two Easy/Fast Last Minute Appetizers

Ok, here they are 2 of the recipes I promised:

Sausage-Biscuit balls

1 lb hot ground sausage (I like linguica or chourico)
2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
2 1/2 cups Bisquik

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls. Place on ungreased baking sheetI use parchment). Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

(If sausage is uncooked, cook FIRST, then grind or crumble. If using ground linguica, heat in micro for 2 minutes before using in recipe)


Bacon Puffs

12slices bacon
8 slices thin sliced bread
2 cups shredded cheese

Cut crusts from bread, then cut each slice in half. For each puff, place 2 bread halves, end to end on a strip of bacon. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons shredded cheese. Roll up and fasten with tooth pick. Stand rolls on edge on a rack in a shallow baking pan.(I just use a cookie sheet with parchment).

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bacon seems browned and crispy. Serve hot.

Makes 12 puffs.

Also, for my blogging friends wondering about Walk Away the Pounds: I use the 4 Mile Express every night. It's great, because if I'm tired and want to stop at 3 miles, the I stop and do the cool down and stretches. If I'm feeling energetic, I keep going. Consistency is the key. Also, I have cut WAY back on snacking, and have reduced portion size significantly.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

12.14.2009

It's Been Forever!




Hi everyone. I'd like to say this post is about something specific...but it's really not! I have been away from blogging for a few weeks. Things are crazy. The auction went well...earned 1000.00 plus for CVSA. Hooray...and thanks to any of you who bid. I've been trying to get the house in order, Christmas shopping done, pull out my holiday recipes, etc...I have taken tomorrow off from work so that I can try to get my act together.

So I've got some random topics to talk about:

What do your kids want for Christmas?


My daughter: Everything Pottery Barn Teen with Peace Signs(she's 6), American Girl everything....

My son: Wii games, Nerf stuff, (more) sneakers (he's 11)

What do you want for Christmas?


I'd love a desk for my bedroom, a day with just my husband...or even a WHOLE weekend, a manicure and pedicure, anything my husband picks...he's a good picker (picked me after all!)

Fav holiday recipes?

I make chocolate dipped pretzels by the boatload. Eight cookie sheets at a time. Super easy, gorgeous, everyone loves them!

i also make:

nonpareils
Baker's Death by Chocolate cookies
Peanut Blossoms
Granola(excellent gift)
White fruit cake
cheesecake

apps:

bacon puffs
barbecued cocktail meatballs
sausage biscuit balls
taco salad
favas (Portuguese style)
Hot cheese puffs

want to make: Panforte

Christmas dinner will be: prime rib and baked stuffed shrimp (yum)

It is making my mouth water just talking about all of this! But I am 14 pounds down, and I will try to be cautious this holiday season...but sample everything. My husband and I are still loyally doing Walk Away the Pounds, 4 miles, every night!
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